New generator needs upgrades |

New generator needs upgrades

The Board of Trustees here will find out April 13 if a new generator was worth the money the town spent.

As an incentive to buy the $300,000 machine last year, town officials expected to profit from the generator by running it on peak hours and selling the energy to the Nebraska Electric Pool.

However, an overlooked safety regulation may keep the town from being able to put the energy on Nebraska Electric Pool’s grid.

The electric company needs to be able to monitor the generator to make sure that lines workers are repairing are isolated from the energy Oak Creek’s generator is producing, Oak Creek Director of Public Works Chuck Wisecup said.

“They’ve got guidelines for protecting their system,” he said.

The town spent extra money to buy a stronger generator to ensure it would produce enough power for the town to profit from.

Wisecup went to Loveland April 7 to talk with officials at the Western Area Power Administration to see if they will be able to put the energy on the grid.

“That’s a big deal if they say no,” Trustee Mike Kien said.

Wisecup said the meeting went well but the town will have to add communications accessories to the generator system to make sure it’s compliant with the regulations. The accessories could cost up to $20,000. Wisecup will give a full report at the town meeting April 13.

In other issues at the meeting, trustees discussed appointing a mayor and solving vacant trustee positions. The trustees will probably appoint someone from the board as mayor.

“I assume that we probably will, unless somebody steps forward and says they want to be mayor,” Kien said.

Appointing one of the trustees as mayor will leave two positions open on the board. The vacant spots will be advertised. “Sometimes we get one real quick, sometimes we don’t,” Kien said.

Trustee Sonja Norris said one person has applied to be trustee and another application may come in soon. Either way, the new board has its work cut out for it when it comes to finding a way to run an efficient town, Kien said.

Because the proposed use taxes failed to pass in the election April 4, the board will have to make do with what it has.

“This board, right now, is going to have to figure it out because we can’t dip into our reserves anymore,” Kien said.

The public is encouraged to come to the next town meeting, which begins 7 p.m. April 13 at the Oak Creek Town Hall.

— To reach Doug Crowl call 871-4206 or e-mail

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